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Download First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Jasper Fforde
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,594 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jasper Fforde Narrator: Emily Gray Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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Beloved for his prodigious imagination, his satirical gifts, his literate humor, and sheer silliness, Jasper Fforde has delighted book lovers since Thursday Next first appeared in The Eyre Affair, a genre send-up hailed as an instant classic. Since the no-nonsense literary detective from Swindon made her debut, literature has never been quite the same. Neither have nursery rhymes, for that matter. With two successful books of the Nursery Crime series under his belt, Fforde once again takes up the brilliant adventures of his signature creation in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the Thursday Next series. And it's better than ever.

It's been 14 years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult 16-year-old. However, Thursday's got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed at the Rheinback Falls and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what's going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld. And that's not all: The Goliath Corporation is trying to deregulate book travel.

Packed with word play, bizarre and entertaining subplots, and old-fashioned suspense, Thursday's return is sure to be celebrated by Jasper's fanatical fans and the critics who have loved him since the beginning.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 2/19/2014

    " I love the Thursday Next series and thoroughly enjoyed this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hofo | 2/19/2014

    " Another great Thursday Next novel from Jasper Fforde. If only they weren't so far apart... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/17/2014

    " Not my favorite in the series.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meave | 2/10/2014

    " It was disappointing in the end, all obviously set up for another sequel. Also a bit thin. Still good but not up to par. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/6/2014

    " As always... LOVE Jasper Fforde! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 2/4/2014

    " Genius! Pure genius! Each of these books surprises me with some twist or turn or something that makes me sit back and marvel at the wit of this man! I keep thinking he can't surprise me and then he does. Time and time I pick up a Thursday Next novel and think that this will be the last one that I read because it can't possibly be as good as the last one. Two days later, I sit back and marvel that the book really WAS as good as each one before it. This one was no different. I loved every minute of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/30/2014

    " Sometimes I writer should know when to stop a series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 1/17/2014

    " Adored it. I'm currently obsessed with all things Fforde right now, though, so I may be seeing the series through rose-colored glasses. ^__^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Davis | 12/14/2013

    " Refer to my other reviews for Fforde's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/14/2013

    " Had a hard time getting into this one-seems a little disjointed after previous books in series-got better towards end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garry | 11/30/2013

    " The fifth book in the series is every bit as engaging as the previous four, and Fforde pushes the envelope of meta-fiction further as Thursday meets her own literary counterparts. Excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/21/2013

    " A little more boring than the rest but still interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/14/2013

    " I would actually rate it three and a half. Entertaining, but not as good as the first series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 4/27/2013

    " I liked the Well of Plots, also. Great references to other works, other authors, other words....... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 12/2/2012

    " I don't know if I really read it per se. I ended up skimming it and never really got into the story. Makes me a little sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 11/21/2012

    " I love this series!! I wish there was a way I could become a Jurisfiction Agent!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles.brogan | 10/10/2012

    " Thursday Next is back in form. However, be warned that this adventure is a little darker then the earlier ones "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 9/6/2012

    " Fantastic! It is as good as the others and I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/23/2012

    " Great (of course). I was laughing out loud at some parts. Can't wait to see Thursday again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 8/5/2012

    " Not a fan of skipping 14 years in the series. And while I still am engaged while reading these books, the plots get more ridiculous and less tight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 2/6/2012

    " My favorite in the series. Gorgeous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 1/10/2012

    " Fun, but I never give high ratings to books or movies that end as "cliff-hangers." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/16/2011

    " I liked this series less and less as I read it. Thursday is so compelling in the first book but it feels like she and the author lose steam over time. I am glad I read the whole series but the last few are really just filler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/6/2011

    " I can't say I enjoyed it as much as some of Fforde's other novels - at times he seems too clever for his own good. But still a fun read.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/25/2011

    " This series is extremely creative and funny. I am enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momma Willy | 4/25/2011

    " This book was filled with silly subplots and time travel kookiness. A nice diversion but no real Aah! moments. I did have a couple of belly laughs. I hadn't read the prequels to this and I didn't feel that I needed to, in order to understand this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 4/12/2011

    " Perfect next Next book. Hilarious, goofy, a little ridiculous, but witty and thought-provoking. I can't wait to see where Thursday and the crew go next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynis | 4/4/2011

    " Loved this book!!! I'm a real fan of Thursday Next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenfasy | 3/29/2011

    " probably my least favorite of the thursday next novels, but still a very good, exciting read. the acerbic wit and random literary references still form a fabulous read, but the plot of this novel isn't quite as fun as the first four. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 3/15/2011

    " This one started out slowly, but picked up speed as it went on. Fforde's Thursday Next books seem to get increasingly outlandish--not that that's a bad thing, it just IS. I like the absurdity so it doesn't bother me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 3/14/2011

    " Amother fab book from Mr Fforde! Lots of little twists I didn't expect. "

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About the Author
Author Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out the window and arranging words on a page. He is the author of the Nursery Crime and Thursday Next series.

About the Narrator

Emily Gray grew up in a military family and started audiobook narration in 2001. She has been heard bringing to life the adventures of Becky Bloomwood in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. Emily and her husband started the Classics Acting Company in Dallas where she has appeared in The Cherry Orchard.